The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Mwafreeka's Take On Late Father's Alcoholism in New Song

Hip hop head, Mwafreeka has come out of his three-year music hiatus with a single dipped in candor about his childhood and late father titled Stronga. The single features neo-soul singer Dela Maranga and produced by Sosevia of Esoteric Entertainment.

"My dad was an alcoholic, he drank anything and everything. As a young kid, I could not understand that he was just human and had made a wrong turn in life so I had so much anger in my heart and even nearly dropped out of school," Mwafreeka said, "Years later, when I look back I think my dad made me a better man and I respect him for that.

As an artiste also, I feel like I need to point out that coming from a poor background is nothing to be ashamed of. Kenya is a third world country so most of us will, come from poverty. Life is a journey not a destination so learn from your journey," Mwafreeka said.

On what inspired the song, Mwafreeka stated, "As artistes a lot of people look up to us for inspiration. This is mostly the case with young people from poor families.

This song is my dedication to them not to lose hope, because as much as today might bring you so much pain, time heals everything and through struggles we learn." Stonga will be part of his new album titled Akili ya Mwafreeka which will contain some tracks that "are strictly not for radio".

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